Third Old North End Repair Cafe this Saturday August 15th!

The next Old North End Repair Cafe is this Saturday, August 15th from 11am-3pm. Come on down and volunteers will do our best to repair anything you can carry in! And if you’d like to help out, please fill out our volunteer interest form (free snacks for volunteers!). This is an outdoor, socially distant event and masks are required.

Also, going on concurrently will be Degrowth Fest which Repair Cafe will be a part of. We’ll have a poster illustrating the merits of repair ūüôā

More info on our Repair Cafe page.

 

Second Old North End Repair Cafe this Saturday!

Hello everyone, here are the results for our first Repair Cafe last month. 70% success rate is pretty good! Especially for our first repair cafe. It looks like 29% bicycle but that’s actually sewing!

The next Old North End Repair Cafe is coming up THIS SATURDAY, July 18th! Come on down to 12-22 North st between 11am and 3pm (we can only accept new repairs until 2:15pm)

More info on our Repair Cafe page

Repair Cafe June 20th

Laboratory B will finally hold our first Repair Cafe this weekend on Saturday June 20th. Assuming the weather is clear (we will decide Thursday night whether to postpone) we’ll have tables socially distanced apart for volunteers to repair whatever people show up with! Whatever you can carry with you, electronics, bicycles, furniture, small appliances, etc,¬† we’ll do our best to repair it for you. All for free!

If you’d like to volunteer please fill out our volunteer interest form.

  • Saturday, June 20th
  • 11am-3pm
  • 12-22 North st

The main Lab B Repair Cafe page is here

Warming up the Foundry!

When Laboratory B got started we were excited about the possibility of other hacker/maker/community workshop spaces starting up and sustaining in Vermont. That’s why we created Vermont Hackerspaces Inc as non non-profit designed to help others do great things. The Foundry is a community workshop getting started in the Northeast Kingdom. Building on the grit, and hard work they are going¬†to bring together a community of creators, tinkers, crafter, artist and entrepreneurs. This great community is going to build a great new space for creation and innovation!

On July 7th, Vermont Hackerspaces Inc, agreed to become the Foundry’s fiscal sponsor while they get started. The Foundry is looking to develop it’s own 501(c)3 but it’s a long when from getting going to handling your own books. Check out the website or ¬†Foundry’s facebook page and¬†Foundry Info Pack¬†for more info.

 

 

It’s the little things.

Nothing super awesome happen at Laboratory B last week, lot’s of little things did.

  1. We got a DreamHost account! We haven’t cut over to it yet but getting it is super cool!
  2. Aaron & Charlie completed this cool sign!
  3. Our hunt for a new space has started! And it’s already paying off
  4. We got a Keurig!
  5. We ¬†can now take donations online ——–> right over there!

Also we applied for a tech soup account so hopefully that will come through soon too!

 

 

Rise of the Tech Ninja….fashion!

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As is keenly obvious Laboratory B is center of cutting edge fashion (j/k). Seriously though, ¬†we do spend a fair amount of time thinking about high tech fashion either in the wearable way or in a materials way. We are pretty excited by the rise of techninja fashion, which I quipped in just” a monochromatic Vermonter just back from ¬†hike!”

Though the pricing is outrageous (isn’t it always in the fashion world) it present some interesting looks (straight out of a William Gibson novel!)

 

 

 

New Server Cabinet!

IMG_20131126_093344It’s been an exciting last few weeks with plenty of cool addition to the Lab. One of these if your new full sized server cabinet! Friend of the Lab Pat new a guy who knew a guy. Working with Pat we picked it up and brougth it back to the lab. It a Dell model and it’s super awesome. We are currently in the process of cramming servers into it. Thanks Pat!

Designer Lighting!

IMAG0333¬†This post is long overdue but better late then never! We’d seen Rebecca Schwarz’s designer lights at the number of local maker and art events and we thought “Man those are super cool!” After talking with Rebecca a little we learned that they usually lived in her basement unseen and unloved. Well with a little cajoling we managed to convince her to hang them at the Lab! We maybe the only hackerspace with designer lighting! If you want to see the cool lights¬†from recycled material come on down to the Lab! Rebecca can also do workshops on how to make similar lights at schools and such!

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Laboratory B Goes to Art Hop

The Laboratory B Crew and friends went out to Art Hop to show people how to make throwies and have a good time. We got together at the Lab around 5:30 assembled some throwies and made some awesome silly cyberpunk costumes (sorta). Then it was down to SEABA’s Art Hop. Art Hop is party open gallery show, part street fair and part Burning Man down on Pine Street.

It was great to see the Vermont Makers crew, and the Generator folks out too on Pine Street.